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Table 6 Girls’ perceptions of their environment, practices, and comfort before and after the intervention

From: Evaluation of a menstrual hygiene intervention in urban and rural schools in Bangladesh: a pilot study

Indicators Baseline
N = 404
Endline
N = 382
Chi-square test for linear trend and p-value
Girls’ satisfaction with the menstrual materials they used during their most recent period
 Satisfied 186 (46) 227 (59)  
 Somewhat satisfied 169 (42) 118 (31) 9.81, p = 0.00174
 Indifferent 38 (9) 29 (8)  
 Somewhat unsatisfied 7 (2) 7 (2)  
 Unsatisfied 4 (1) 1 (0.3)  
Girls’ perception of the adequacy of school facilities for menstruation management
 Adequate 33 (8) 205 (54)  
 Somewhat adequate 211 (52) 135 (35) 167.80, P < 0.00001
 Neither adequate nor inadequate 59 (15) 25 (7)  
 Somewhat inadequate 62 (15) 14 (4)  
 Very inadequate 39 (10) 3 (1)  
Girls felt anxious at school due to menstruation during their most recent period
 Strongly agree 47 (12) 13 (3)  
 Agree 90 (22) 88 (23) 26.34, p < 0.00001
 Neither agree nor disagree 134 (33) 74 (19)  
 Disagree 80 (20) 146 (48)  
 Strongly disagree 53 (13) 61 (16)  
Girls felt distracted or had trouble concentrating in class during most recent period
 Strongly agree 36 (9) 8 (2)  
 Agree 93 (23) 57 (15) 26.92, p < 0.00001
 Neither agree nor disagree 113 (28) 68 (18)  
 Disagree 111 (28) 184 (48)  
 Strongly disagree 51 (13) 65 (17)  
Most recent period affected girls’ ability to participate in class
 Strongly agree 30 (7) 9 (2)  
 Agree 98 (24) 68 (18) 34.25, p < 0.00001
 Neither agree nor disagree 105 (26) 50 (13)  
 Disagree 123 (31) 188 (50)  
 Strongly disagree 48 (12) 67 (18)  
Girls feared they might be teased because of menstruation at school during most recent period
 Strongly agree 36 (9) 17 (5)  
 Agree 71 (18) 105 (28) 0.005, p = 0.94
 Neither agree nor disagree 78 (19) 48 (13)  
 Disagree 138 (34) 139 (36)  
 Strongly disagree 81 (20) 73 (19)  
Girls felt it is common in their school for students to tease girls about menstruation
 Strongly agree 40 (8) 30 (6)  
 Agree 112 (21) 118 (22) 3.20, p = 0.073
 Neither agree nor disagree 110 (21) 75 (14)  
 Disagree 158 (30) 180 (34)  
 Strongly disagree 107 (20) 125 (24)  
Girls felt comfortable at school during most recent period
 Strongly agree 36 (9) 17 (5)  
 Agree 71 (18) 105 (28) 0.75, p = 0.386
 Neither agree nor disagree 140 (35) 79 (21)  
 Disagree 87 (22) 70 (18)  
 Strongly disagree 27 (7) 23 (6)